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alternative
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
an alternative plan
Let's think of at least three alternatives before we decide what to do.
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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correspond   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
corresponding time period
Eskimos have many words that correspond to the English word snow. For example, there are different words for "snow on the ground", "fresh snow on the ground", "soft snow on the ground", "a crust of snow on the ground" and so forth.
correspond = are equivalent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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2  —2 uses as in:
corresponding by email
We correspond regularly via email.
correspond = write to each other
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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3  —1 use as in:
a correspondence course
She took a correspondence course while she was in prison.
correspondence = done from afar via written communication
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondence means:
done from afar
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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corroborate
2 uses
The detectives looked for evidence to corroborate her story.
corroborate = support
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book6 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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2  —3 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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dissent
1 use
The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts to silence early political dissent in America.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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dogged
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dogged by problems
The expedition was dogged by one problem after the next.
dogged = persistently annoyed; or followed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dogged means:
followed; or persistently annoyed
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book7 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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2  —4 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
establishing = showing or demonstrating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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extricate
1 use
She was caught in the wreckage and could not extricate herself without help.
extricate = free
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
free or remove from constraint or difficulty
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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hypothesis   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
The study will test the hypothesis that a good marriage is more important than a higher income when measuring happiness.
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea or explanation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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2  —2 uses as in:
assume as a working hypothesis
For the purpose of discussion, let's accept that the hypothesis that she is guilty is true. What would we have expected her to do after the incident?
hypothesis = something that may or may not be true, but is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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inquiry
13 uses
They created a commission of inquiry to look into the matter.
inquiry = investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Book13 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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melancholy
10 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book10 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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narrative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Narrative of the Life of...
He titled his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
narrative = Story
DefinitionGenerally this sense of narrative means:
a story
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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presumption   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
presumption of innocence
I presumed she was an expert since she spoke so confidently.
presumed = assumed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of presumption means:
to think of something as true or likely, even though it is not known with certainty
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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2  —1 use as in:
she is presumptuous
She is pushy and presumptuous. I can't stand to be around her.
presumptuous = exercising privileges to which one is not entitled — such as being too familiar or too bossy
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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